After a handful of critically acclaimed albums, developing game changing philanthropic platforms like Summit on the Summit, and serving as a Creative Director at the new MySpace, Kenna has returned with new music.
Imitation is Suicide is a unique three-part movement of EP’s, inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Self Reliance essay.”
The EP’s are a brilliant mix of multiple genres spotlighting electronic, funk, R&B, and hip-hop meshed with rock and an encyclopedic knowledge of pop melodies.
LAND 2 AIR CHRONICLES II : IMMITATION IS SUICIDE – 3 Part Series will be out on September, October and November 2013 on Dim Mak Records.
Chapter 1 (produced by Chad Hugo)
Chapter 2 / 9 of Hearts (produced by Kenna)
“This chapter of Imitation [Is Suicide] is the heartbreak chapter of the series. Everybody goes through it and inevitably you realize that love continues to exist like atoms and energy,” Kenna said. “This is one of my favorite songs because it’s a reminder that there is always something to live for.”
Chapter 3 (produced by RJD2) – Release Date – 11/26
Kenna was raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he became friends and career-long collaborators with Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, he expressed an interest in music when he first heard U2′s The Joshua Tree. That album inspired him while studying singers like Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, as well as groups like The Cure and Duran Duran.
Kenna has worked and toured with Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado, Mark Ronson, No Doubt, N.E.R.D and Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan, Mike Shinoda, Lupe Fiasco, Santigold, & Ashlee Simpson. He continues to create his own sound that has yet to be categorized and filed under any mainstream genre. He is defined only by his natural constitution to never be what you expect.
In addition to his musical pursuits, when Kenna learned about the global water crisis affecting his home village in Ethiopia, he decided to create the SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT project.
In 2010 Kenna and his colleagues climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to bring attention to the water crisis.
Kenna developed a transmedia platform and 19,340 ft website with a game engine for fans and followers to participate virtually with the climbers. This concept, rooted in social media, was the first of its kind.
In this evolution of his music he has created a unique three-part movement of EP’s with a brilliant mix of multiple genres spotlighting alternative, funk, R&B, rock, and hip-hop meshed with electronic and an encyclopedic knowledge of pop melodies, you can listen to all the chapters here:
Watch this very serious video. However, it is NOT the official music video. This video was designed to entice the watcher to learn the word, enjoy !